Definition of regain in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈɡān/


[with object]
1Obtain possession or use of (something) again after losing it: she died without regaining consciousness the tyrant was able to regain Sicily
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  • Wilson has regained the ability to laugh at himself and Mr Young said his recent progress had been tremendous.
  • Then we must work hard later in life to regain the abilities we had as children.
  • The House of Commons itself would regain much of the power lost over the last three years.
1.1Reach (a place, position, or thing) again; get back to: they were unable to regain their boats
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  • Her main target is to regain the world No 1 spot she held for three weeks in the autumn.
  • The lost corner of the west had regained its central position and Europe had reclaimed its east.
  • Thus the viol consort has to some extent regained its place as the chamber ensemble par excellence.
return to, get back to, reach again, rejoin


Mid 16th century: from French regagner (see re-, gain).

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Syllabification: re·gain

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